\ ˈlȯft How to pronounce loft (audio) \

Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upper room or floor : attic
2a : a gallery in a church or hall
b : one of the upper floors of a warehouse or business building especially when not partitioned living in a converted loft
c : hayloft
3a : the backward slant of the face of a golf-club head
b : the act of lofting
4 : the thickness of a fabric or insulating material (such as goose down)


lofted; lofting; lofts

Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place, house, or store in a loft
2 : to propel through the air or into space lofted a long hit to center instruments lofted by a powerful rocket
3 : to lay out a full-sized working drawing of the lines and contours of (such as a ship's hull)

intransitive verb

1 : to propel a ball high into the air
2 : to rise high

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loftlike \ ˈlȯft-​ˌlīk How to pronounce loftlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for loft

Synonyms: Noun

attic, cockloft, garret

Synonyms: Verb

cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, throw, toss

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Examples of loft in a Sentence


The kids' bedroom has a loft. He rents a converted loft.


He lofted a home run into the stands. The explosion lofted dust high into the air.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pale barges into Anna’s loft following the funeral, upending her passionless relationship with a screenwriter. Jason Zinoman, Vogue, "In Burn This, Adam Driver and Keri Russell Find Love in a Hopeless Place," 15 Apr. 2019 The house is full of smart splurges: There's a retractable glass garage door that brings in plenty of natural light—and opens up onto a pop-out terrace—and a loft bed that's directly above the bathroom. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You've Got To See This Tiny House Airbnb Olivia Wilde Helped Design," 12 Oct. 2018 The two rail cars have loft beds in the cupolas, and sleep five. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "Glamping USA: Stay in a Hobbit hut, a covered wagon or a caboose," 25 May 2018 By converting some older buildings into residential lofts, as well as new construction, city leaders believe that adding residents will enliven downtown, especially at night. Shayndi Raice, WSJ, "How Bad Is the Labor Shortage? Cities Will Pay You to Move There," 30 Apr. 2018 Each home at Rainier View Homes features a contemporary, open floor plan with a loft or office and ample storage. Rainier View Homes, The Seattle Times, "Cottage community open April 13-14 in South Seattle," 11 Apr. 2019 The interior of the 2,030-square-foot residence features a loft and strategically placed windows that bring together the home and its natural surroundings. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Sleek desert home with a window to the heavens asks $495K," 12 July 2018 Except for the loft and the kitchen below it, all 2,900 square feet are spread on one floor, and every room’s ceiling soars to a peak. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Photos: Log cabin in Metamora creates lavish comforts of home," 22 June 2018 Sliding shoji-style doors lead to an airy room with an acacia-wood floor and a sleeping loft. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Tree Houses for Grown-Ups," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Casey was on the hill and lofted a pitch onto the green to 2 feet for a birdie that restored his lead. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Casey holds on to repeat title at Valspar Championship," 24 Mar. 2019 Optinid/Agence Argo via New Atlas Below the open-air lofted space there’s a small kitchen with a retractable dining table. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Tiny house tries indoor-outdoor living with sliding roof," 18 Sep. 2018 Burton, who played some quarterback in college and who was the Eagles’ emergency quarterback, then lofted a strike to Foles at the goal line. Jeff Mclane,, "Nick Foles' Super Bowl trick play touchdown catch was one for the ages," 4 Feb. 2018 Architects and husband-and-wife team Apurva Pande and Chinmaya Misra’s most difficult condo renovation project was one that had sounded so simple: Combine a client’s two downtown Los Angeles lofts into one. Carren Jao,, "Getting through that condo remodel means taking extra steps," 8 June 2018 Shkodran Mustafi lofted a great long ball into the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who found a teasing cross., "WATCH: Newcastle Beats Arsenal, Secures Fourth Consecutive League Victory," 15 Apr. 2018 The early morning launch lofted a heavy, seven-ton satellite into geostationary transfer orbit, and then the first stage successfully landed. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX doubles up, European resistance, condensed Kármán," 27 July 2018 Depending on how hot the fire is below, smoke can either hang low near the ground or be lofted high into the sky, traveling across entire continents. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Scientists fly through plumes of wildfire smoke to unravel its mysteries," 21 Nov. 2018 Winds dramatically increased near the fire tornado, and embers were lofted in many directions. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Fire tornado spawned by California's deadly Carr Fire seen in video," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of loft


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1518, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for loft


Middle English, from Old English, air, sky, from Old Norse lopt; akin to Old High German luft air

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English Language Learners Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a room or space that is just below the roof of a building and that is often used to store things
: a high section of seats in a church or hall
: an upper floor of a warehouse or business building especially when it is not divided by walls



English Language Learners Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit or throw (something, such as a ball) so that it rises high in the air


\ ˈlȯft How to pronounce loft (audio) \

Kids Definition of loft

1 : an upper room or upper story of a building
2 : a balcony in a church
3 : an upper part of a barn

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